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April 20, 2015

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10:30 PM | salon: Humans generated an astounding 41.8 million metric tons...
salon: Humans generated an astounding 41.8 million metric tons (Mt) of electronic waste in 2014. And we recycled less than 14 percent of it. A new report from the United Nations University puts new, shocking numbers on our growing production of “e-waste,” which is defined as all electrical and electronic equipment, from cell phones to appliances, that’s tossed away as trash. Figuring out what to do with these products, it stresses, is a massive problem for both developing and […]
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9:16 PM | littlelimpstiff14u2: psy-faerie: spiritualevolution1111: I...
littlelimpstiff14u2: psy-faerie: spiritualevolution1111: I wonder if there are others out there looking up at me… This is so precious… Unknown
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9:07 PM | From what I gathered from your story, your were given a myers-Briggs personality test in a psychology class? The only time I was exposed to the Myers Briggs was when my testing and assessment course used it as an example of non-scientific testing. Seeing as how no psychologist would ever use it or give it any value.
Yes, in a psych class. And maybe I just had a bad professor. His specialty was actually neurobiology, so doesn’t surprise me that I’ve often found issues with things he taught. (e.g. ‘humans only use 10% of their brains.’) Otoh, I’m guessing it was just a fun, popular, simple activity he could use as a springboard for discussion.Anyways, see my latest post about the MBTI. I think you’d be interested. Cheers!
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9:03 PM | With MBTI I highly suggest you learn about the functions that come with each type, they play a huge (massive) role. The Myers-Briggs isn't actually the test, but the systematic aspects of the different classes and how everyone can type themselves quite accurately with that. Different tests may give you different types but ultimately you should only use the test as a guide. I am an INTP, btw.
Thanks for the heads up! Cheers!
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9:02 PM | Myers Briggs - Pseudo-science?I wrote a post about my Myers...
Myers Briggs - Pseudo-science?I wrote a post about my Myers Briggs type (here), and a few people responded that Myers Briggs is pseudo-science and not to be taken seriously. I’ve had (and have) my own misgivings about it, and certainly have heard that it’s been criticized by the psychology community, but decided to check out some more info about it. Here’s what I found:Reliability & Accuracy: A few sites (x, x, x) mentioned that the Myers Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI) […]
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8:18 PM | Urban green spaces: Insights from Valencia
http://www.researchblogging.org"> alt="ResearchBlogging.org" src="http://www.researchblogging.org/public/citation_icons/rb2_large_gray.png" style="border:0;"/>Visiting the city of Valencia in Spain for the first time, we were pleasantly greeted by the subtle aroma of orange blossoms in the air and the sight of beautiful oranges dangling from the orange trees that line the street pavements. Whilst many parts of the city are bordered with trees, there are also other green spaces,  […]

Searle, S., Turnbull, M., Boelman, N., Schuster, W., Yakir, D. & Griffin, K. (2012). Urban environment of New York City promotes growth in northern red oak seedlings, Tree Physiology, 32 (4) 389-400. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tps027

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7:50 PM | Precipitation-runoff relationships in sustained drought
This paper is measuring stuff in Australia, but seems to mimic the dropoff in runoff we’re seeing on the Rio Grande and other western U.S. rivers compared to the precipitation deficits we’re experiencing: Annual rainfall and runoff records from south-eastern Australia are used to examine whether interdecadal climate variability induces changes in hydrological behavior. We test ...Continue reading ‘Precipitation-runoff relationships in sustained drought’ »
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7:47 PM | 8bitfuture: Norway to switch off FM radio.Norway’s Minister of...
8bitfuture: Norway to switch off FM radio.Norway’s Minister of Culture has announced that the country will be the first in the world to switch off FM radio, beginning in 2017. Data shows the country has 22 national channels on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio, and only 5 on FM radio. This isn’t surprising. Really, it’s just a matter of time till radio is completely replaced. Still, quite sad to see the end of that magical era.On the other hand, I hate the radio. […]
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7:39 PM | Only Three Isle Royale Wolves Remain
Wolves are pack animals, yet on the Isle of Royale National Park (located in Lake Superior) only three wolves remain. Researchers from Michigan Technological University observed the wolves during the annual Winter Study, and the lone trio appears to be all that is left of the nine Isle Royale wolves seen last winter. The park […] The post Only Three Isle Royale Wolves Remain appeared first on EH Science.
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7:22 PM | School Malaise Trap Program - Spring 2015
Today was the day. All participants of the School Malaise Trap Program deployed and 'armed' their traps. The weather hasn't been optimal this year to say the least but over the last few weeks things started to get better and most importantly warmer. We pitched a trap here at our institute and there are already quite a few insects trapped in it. My guess is that the majority of them are the infamous Chironomids as those always seem to be the first ones out after the Winter.As last Fall we […]
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7:02 PM | tastefullyoffensive: (photo via nbcnews) but can it sing and...
tastefullyoffensive: (photo via nbcnews) but can it sing and dance, and run a misfit theatre of puppets?
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5:59 PM | motherjones: The BP oil spill happened five years ago today....
motherjones: The BP oil spill happened five years ago today. We’re still paying the price. That last panel!
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5:23 PM | Log In - The New York Times
Log In - The New York Times: Great opinion piece in the NYT about ‘the rise of the machines’ and its potential (and likely) threat to the human work force. I liked how she pointed out how the benefits will largely be to employers - making the rich, richer. I also liked how she commented on the possibility of society taking control of this for everyone’s benefit. I def think that’s possible, but I’m pessimistic about our odds, at least in the near future.
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5:09 PM | Communicating science and ocean currents – an interesting mix
This week I had a couple of guest posts at Canadian Science Publishing and on Science Borealis. 1. Scientists Must Communicate! But How? This post provides a list of seven ways in which you can communicate your science, from small local events to multi-day workshops. Multiple links throughout connect you to a range of resources…
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4:58 PM | micdotcom: With 4/20 upon us, it’s time for us to finally admit...
micdotcom: With 4/20 upon us, it’s time for us to finally admit it: Marijuana legalization would be the worst thing to happen to America. Just look at what we know from expert research. The full body of evidence is enough to make anyone quit smoking marijuana for good! Some time-appropriate content.
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4:50 PM | purplecloudcenter: I laughed a little too hard at this...
purplecloudcenter: I laughed a little too hard at this one. This is definitely funny, but I want to defend those of us who aren’t particularly interested in doing lab work or reading through journals. For me, that’s not the part of science that excites me. I find lab work a bore, and journals require much more time (and sometimes expertise) than I have or care to give. The part of science which excites me is the possibilities, the achievements, making life better for people. And […]
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4:35 PM | VISUALIZE: Daily routines of accomplished creative people
mostlysignssomeportents: This chart summarizes data from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, providing that rarest of treasures: an infographic that actually improves the legibility of information. The chart shows the hours spent by its subjects in “creative work,” “day jobs,” sleep, food/leisure, exercise and other, and hovering your mouse over each bar lets you know the specifics for each person. Don’t miss the bibliography of other sources used to create the […]
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4:00 PM | Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists of urban nature and open space show and talk about their work
 
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3:30 PM | nautilusfire:Hydrocephalic child skeleton,Museo di Anatomia...
nautilusfire:Hydrocephalic child skeleton,Museo di Anatomia Patologica dell'Universitá degli Studi di Firenze. woah
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3:00 PM | New tool for detecting, destroying norovirus
New tool for detecting, destroying norovirus: betterworlds:Norovirus infection is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis, or ‘stomach flu.’ A research team recently produced ‘nanobodies’ that could be used to better characterize the structural makeup of the virus. They discovered that these nanobodies could detect the virus in clinical stool samples and disassemble intact norovirus particles. Such nanobodies may potentially be used to not only better detect but […]
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2:14 PM | DOPA Explorer
The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) has been developed to support the European Union’s efforts to substantially strengthen the effectiveness of international governance for biodiversity and ecosystem services and more generally for strengthening the capacity to mobilize and use biodiversity data, information and forecasts so that they are readily accessible to policymakers, managers, experts and other users. DOPA is conceived as a set of web based services to provide a […]
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2:00 PM | Teaching Brains To Regain or even Add New SensesI cannot believe...
Teaching Brains To Regain or even Add New SensesI cannot believe it took me this long to watch this amazing TED talk by David Eagleman about his invention, the “VEST,” or the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer. It basically picks up where the brain-port left off. (Long time followers of RCS may recall some posts where I discussed the brain-port, like here.)Gotta say, this was a super fun talk, and I really enjoyed hearing a professional discuss and demonstrate ideas that I’ve […]
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11:13 AM | Sumatran Authorities Arrest Wildlife Dealer Caught with Young Orangutan
A small victory in efforts to stem Asia's booming illicit trade in orangutans and other rare wildlife.
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2:51 AM | huffpostcomedy: We made a few tweaks to the new “Jurassic...
huffpostcomedy: We made a few tweaks to the new “Jurassic World” poster because it totally looks like a rom-com.
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1:35 AM | In California drought, when the water’s not fer fightin’ over
What to make of this California drought story from Alex  Breitler? Farmers within the Delta and farmers south of the Delta aren’t exactly bosom buddies. Not when it comes to water. But this spring, as their lawyers geared up for another year of fighting over limited supplies, farmers on both sides quietly started talking. They ...Continue reading ‘In California drought, when the water’s not fer fightin’ over’ »

April 19, 2015

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5:50 PM | thenewenlightenmentage: Man trapped in an 8-year “Groundhog...
thenewenlightenmentage: Man trapped in an 8-year “Groundhog Day” loop baffles scientistsDoomed to relive the same memories over and over again.By Fiona MacDonaldA 23-year-old man in the UK is stuck in an ongoing eight-year loop of déjà vu, according to a report published in Journal of Medical Case Reports, and his situation has neuroscientists completely stumped.The patient, who has a history of anxiety and a family record of obsessive compulsive disorder, started […]
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3:21 PM | Deconstructing media coverage of the California drought
Brian Devine has written one of those special pieces that made me smack my forehead repeatedly and say, “Yeah, that!”: To conflate the myriad problems of water in California into a single problem is the hallmark of a generalist reporter on deadline, as if I wrote that the Detroit auto industry’s collapse was because they made ...Continue reading ‘Deconstructing media coverage of the California drought’ »
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3:00 PM | Don’t be a goomba. Toss batteries and electronics the right way....
Don’t be a goomba. Toss batteries and electronics the right way.

April 18, 2015

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8:07 PM | As 2015 Begins With Record Warmth, is the Pacific Primed to Dump Huge Amounts of Heat Into the Atmosphere?
It's official: According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the first quarter of 2015 has set a new record, with the January through March period coming in as the warmest such period on record across the globe's land and ocean surfaces. The month of March was also ranked warmest by NCDC in a record dating back 136 years. The Japan Meteorological Agency concurs, whereas NASA, which does its own independent analysis, ranked March as third warmest. That's a distinction without much of
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8:05 PM | huffingtonpost:Inspirational Quotes To Get You Through The Week 
huffingtonpost:Inspirational Quotes To Get You Through The Week 
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